Vernon Grant: An Illustrious Career

Event Details

Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm—6:00 pm
Location: Culture & Heritage Museums

Event Description:

On view: Weekdays  •  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  •  April 13, 2018 - January. 31, 2019
York County Regional Chamber116 E Main St, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Get a first look at the Vernon Grant: An Illustrious Career exhibition at the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Before you head to see Glen the Frog and the Come-See-Me parade, stroll through the exhibition featuring artworks highlighting Grant’s influential role within the Rock Hill and York County communities. 

As a professional artist, his works were the inspiration for Rock Hill’s own Come-See-Me Festival and ChristmasVille. Grant created hundreds of illustrations for magazines covers, merchandise, advertisements, and nursery rhymes. Rendered with a distinctive style, wit, and whimsical flair, Grant’s artwork offers a nostalgic glimpse of American life from the 1920s through the 1970s. Grant’s career exemplifies the heritage of American illustration in the twentieth century.

The Culture & Heritage Museums’ Vernon Grant Collection encompasses hundreds of original paintings, published illustrations, advertising art, and family memorabilia. It is one of the most significant collections of commercial art in America, serving as a testament to Grant’s talent and popularity, and also a reflection of the times in which he lived. The Main Street Children’s Museum was inspired by Grant’s artwork in which nursery rhymes were re-imagined into learning spaces for young children.